I'm feeling better today. The attack brought on by the ultrasound tech probing around my abdomen with her little wand seems to have ended. I even did some exercise this morning without any pain.
I read up on gall stones and it turns out I've been having other symptoms, I just didn't know they were symptoms of gall stones because they're so vague. Nausea. Um, okay, I have a three year old who still, at least once a day, poops in his pants. What's so unusual about waves of nausea? Gas and bloating. Well, my diet includes lots of fresh veggies and many different kinds of beans. I'd be silly NOT to expect some gas and bloating.
So, it's possible the doctor can give me some medicine to break up the stones (ultrasonic techniques don't work on gall stones because they are soft, not hard and brittle like kidney stones). Or it's possible I will have to have the whole thing removed. Naturally, this is not a problem for most people or they wouldn't do it. I just wonder about the likelihood of ending up in the group for which it IS a problem, because I tend to end up in that smaller group a lot.
I also learned coffee drinkers tend to have less gall stones than non-coffee drinkers. Since I guzzle about 12 cups a day, I hate to think how many stones I'd have if I didn't! See, there's always a bright side.